Fail in Title Defence

Click here to see full size. Making Last Minute Adjustments to their boat before loading it to head for Montreal and an attempted defence of their Canadian Heavy Pairs rowing championship are David Allen, 17 and his 20-year-old brother Mark. The boys finished third in their heat and were eliminated from the final. (Photo by Darrell Ingram)

Renforth - Despite the fact the Allan brothers from Kennebecasis Rowing Club failed to defend their Canadian Amateur Rowing Title in heavy pairs competition at the Montreal Olympic Basin over the past weekend, club president Dr. C. H. Bonnycastle is pleased with the performance by all crews from the club who took part in the championships.

Dr. Bonnycastle said the Allans, Mark and David, were up against much stronger competition this year than they were when they won the title one year ago.

The boys placed third in their heat for the championship race, while in the special event for menís heavy pairs they qualified for the final, and placed fourth.

Dr. Bonnycastle said there were 367 crews entered for the championships this year, many more than in the past years.

The women's straight 4 crew placed third in their heat and were eliminated from the final, while the women's four with coxswain placed fourth in their heat and were also eliminated.

The ladies pair came second in their heat and qualified for the final. They were rowing well in the final when they experienced an equipment failure and ended up fourth, said Dr. Bonnycastle.

The men's lightweight four with coxswain also experienced an equipment breakdown as they were moving down their 2,000 meter course, and came fourth in their heat, while the men's lightweight straight four finished fourth in their heat.

The womenís composite eight crew, made up of four girls from Kennebecasis and four from Fredericton Rowing Club finished fourth in their heat.